Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, forming, or of the nature of a skeleton.
  • adj. Attached to or formed by a skeleton.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of, or relating to the skeleton
  • adj. haggard, cadaverous, emaciated or gaunt

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to the skeleton.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to a skeleton, in the widest sense; forming or formed by a skeleton; entering into the composition of a skeleton; sclerous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to or forming or attached to a skeleton
  • adj. very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold

Etymologies

From skeleton +‎ -al. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • To see a lot more different fish types in skeletal form, click on the Helter Skeletons link in the first paragraph.

    Bare Bones Taxidermy

  • Assuming for a moment that these findings are also present in skeletal muscle, it would not be hard to imagine that these individuals are likely to find exercise more difficult and tiring than their co-twins with a normal mitochondrial population - less exercise means further weight gain and further decline in mitochondrial function - a nice little vicious cycle, if I ever saw one.

    Dr. Sharma’s Obesity Notes » Blog Archive » Obesity: It’s all in Your Cells?

  • A new study explores the link between the protective effect of IP in skeletal muscles and the substance that triggers hibernation.

    Origins of science fiction?

  • Emilio Veratti (1872-1967), described for the first time the sarcoplasmic reticulum in skeletal muscle fibers.

    Life and Discoveries of Camillo Golgi

  • - ATPase in skeletal muscle, which participates in the control of muscle contraction and H +, K +

    Press Release: The 1997 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

  • Female relatives are needed because maternal DNA copies are found more easily in skeletal remains, said Kenneth Terry, head of the division's Prisoner Of War/Missing

    Mongilardi, Peter Jr.

  • Gotch's work made it likely that the same all-or-nothing behaviour might be found in skeletal muscle fibres.

    Edgar Adrian - Nobel Lecture

  • In a presentation concerning early nutritional programming and long-term skeletal health to be presented on April 27 at the Experimental Biology 2010 meeting in Anaheim, researchers from North Carolina State University and the US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine will present evidence that very early calcium nutrition may have more impact than we previously thought.

    PhysOrg.com - latest science and technology news stories

  • In rural Africa, many women and children no longer balance heavy water jugs on their heads, known to cause long-term skeletal damage and premature aging.

    Cincinnati.Com - All Local News

  • 41Although evidence of scurvy was most clearly seen among sailors on long voyages, it should be remembered that it also affected early modern urban populations; the inhabitants of European cities frequently suffered from this malady. 77 That evidence of scurvy was found in skeletal remains from the Cathedral's cemetery is understandable when we recall that only people of Spanish origin are likely to have been buried there.

    Pestilence and Headcolds: Encountering Illness in Colonial Mexico

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